Royal Flying Doctor Service

Queensland State Archives posted a photo:

The Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS), through the Health Minister, also appealed to Cabinet for additional funding (Dec. 47829, 48554). The Minister’s submission asked for an additional $400,000 to offset the operating deficit for that year but was not approved by Cabinet. Instead, they asked the RFDS to ‘undertake a detailed and full review of its current services and how and where such services might be rationalised’. Without the additional funding, the options open to the RFDS were to close one of its three centres and educe services to rural Queensland. Though the Minister was concerned that a reduction of services would lead to a ‘public outcry’’ Cabinet remained unmoved.

Photo of the Flying Doctor base at Charleville, January 1955

Queensland State Archives Image ID 11200

See Full Post >>